I.S. (vanya796515) wrote in kunstgeschichte,

Judith: A Strong Jewish Woman

"Judith was a Jewish widow of noble rank in Bethulia, a town besieged by the army of the Assyrian general Holofernes. She approached his tent as an emissary and captivated him with her beauty. He ordered a feast with much wine. After he passed out in his tent, Judith and her maid Abra saw their opportunity. Judith decapitated Holofernes with his sword and smuggled his head back to Bethulia. On seeing her trophy, the townsfolk routed the leaderless Assyrians. The story is an allegory picturing Judith as Judaism in triumph over its pagan enemy." (www.artemisia-gentileschi.com)

The depictions of Judith are numerous, hence I'm posting my personal favorites:

A. Caravaggio, Italian, c.1598

B. Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian, c.1620

C. Lucas Cranach the Elder, German, c.1530

D. Michelangelo, Italian (no kidding!), c.1610-15 (Sistine Chapel)

E. Gustav Klimt, Austrian, c.1901

Tags: art, art history, bible, judith
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